The MLB postseason kicks-off tonight

The MLB postseason kicks-off tonight

Sixty-nine years is a long time, but it is hardly a century of pain.

I've been a baseball fan my whole life, but I didn't get to go to my first playoff game until past year. Good-bye Cardinals. So long Blue Jays.

This is baseball, so we all know none of this is guaranteed.

Below are odds for each playoff team to reach the World Series, as well as betting odds for each individual postseason series, via Bovada.lv. Their 57 home wins also topped the majors. The rotation is stout and will be a tough out for any team in a 7-game series. Daniel Murphy, Anthony Rendon and Ryan Zimmerman rank in the NL's top 15 in on-base-plus-slugging percentage, and Bryce Harper would be second had he not missed six weeks with a knee injury. The Dodgers were the hottest team until hitting a slump in late August. On paper, they should be the team to beat, just slightly ahead over Cleveland.

When the Dodgers were 91-36, all anyone could talk about was whether or not they'd break the all-time record for wins.

The Indians have every right to feel that way as they head into the postseason. "Everyone is just playing the game at a high level". The Cubs don't appear to be as strong as they were a year ago, but they do know what it takes to win.

N: NETTING — Fan safety has drawn special focus ever since a 1-year-old girl was recently hit by Todd Frazier's 105 miles per hour foul ball at Yankee Stadium.

If you aren't familiar with how the wild card round works, it is simple. The Dodgers have cooled off dramatically after they were on a record pace for three-quarters of the season.

The Cubs won't go down easily because they'll be looking to repeat, which is why they acquired Jose Quintana (11-11, 4.15 ERA) to propel their chances. The bats also went cold and they pressed. The young guns of the Cubs bats came through like Bryant, Schwarber, Contreras, and Rizzo. Verlander's addition will loom large in a big series, potentially pitching three times. "Team. Ever?" (hey, at least we included the question mark), but the Dodgers remain the deepest team in the league on both sides of the ball.

This team is going to be good for years to come, but they might never be as good and as ideal for success as they are right now. Adding on, the pitching improved a little bit. According to them, Los Angeles and Cleveland are co-favorites to win it all. The Cubs will win Games 2 and 3, giving themselves a 2-1 series lead. In the American League, the Houston Astros will have home field advantage in the best-of-five Division Series against the Boston Red Sox. I do respect Arizona starter Zack Greinke (17-7, 3.20 ERA, 1.07 WHIP), but Colorado starter Jon Gray (10-4, 3.67 ERA, 1.30 WHIP) is no slouch and it's a benefit for the Rockies that they were able to get their ace for this one-game playoff. As the favorites in the American League Wild-Card Game and the National League Wild-Card game, respectively, the New York Yankees and Arizona Diamondbacks both have +1400 World Series odds. Why they won't win: Boston uncharacteristically had a weak offense that lacked a lot of power and just had issues scoring runs at times. "But once they did, it's like they never took their foot off the gas".

P: PUERTO RICO — Carlos Beltran, Francisco Lindor and Carlos Correa are among the many players from Puerto Rico trying to raise money and awareness for the damage done to their island by Hurricane Maria. The do-everything second baseman won his third AL batting title and aims to lead the Astros to their first World Series crown. Why they won't win: the pitching is brutal. Out of the five teams that'll represent the NL in this year's postseason, three powerhouses are coming from the NL West division: the Dodgers, Diamondbacks, and Rockies. Berrios is fine, but has consistency issues as well.

They had the best record in the American League during the regular season at 102-60, which was also the second-best mark in franchise history behind their fantastic 111-43 season in 1954. Dallas Keuchel, whose workload has been carefully managed all year, has put in a fantastic season a year removed from a wholly mediocre one (admittedly, he won the Cy Young Award the season before).

That's it. Enjoy the games.

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